PESHAWAR: Ahmed Nawaz, a survivor of the heinous terrorist attack on the Army Public School (APS) in 2014, has received Diana Award in London for his anti-radicalisation youth campaign.
The Diana Award was founded as a legacy to Lady Diana, the former Princess of Wales. Since 1999 when Lady Diana died in a car crash in Paris, the distinguished award has been given to over 45,000 ordinary youngsters who have made an extraordinary difference to their communities.
18-year-old Ahmed Nawaz received the award at a ceremony at the British Parliament on Thursday. He became the first Pakistani to receive the Diana Award for his services for the education of youngsters.
In the most heinous terrorist attack in the history of Pakistan, APS Peshawar was attacked on December 16, 2014. Nearly 150 people, most of them students, were martyred in the terrorist attack which left Pakistan and rest of the world in great shock. Ahmed Nawaz, who was 14-year-old that time, escaped unhurt by pretending to be dead. However, the death of his colleagues left him in trauma. He also witnessed the terrorists setting on fire his teachers which caused deep shock to him. After three months initial treatment in Pakistan, the doctors finally decided to shift him to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. A vein from his leg was transplanted into his arm.
I’m extremely honoured to be awarded ‘The Legacy award 2019’ for my global campaign.
It was an absolute pleasure to be invited by HRH Prince Williams to @KensingtonRoyal for tea and share my work for young people with him.
He told me that he loved his recent visit to Pakistan 😊 pic.twitter.com/g31oztaMoL
— Ahmad Nawaz (@Ahmadnawazaps) November 27, 2019
Ahmed Nawaz said on Twitter that he was greatly honoured after winning the award.
“I’m extremely honoured to be awarded ‘The Legacy award 2019’ for my global campaign. It was an absolute pleasure to be invited by HRH Prince Williams to @KensingtonRoyal for tea and share my work for young people with him. He told me that he loved his recent visit to Pakistan,” he said.
Ahmad Nawaz was part of the group of 20 international students who were awarded The Legacy Award. They were invited to discuss their campaign of social change with Prince William. The passionate students discussed their ideas of the campaign with Prince William.
Ahmed Nawaz is receiving congratulatory messages from a large number of people from different walks of life for his achievement.
“Proud of you Ahmad. More success to you,” wrote Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Laureate from Pakistan.